Misguided, or: Missiles

A limerick No to Russia's indefensible war! No to those thieving, barbarous corps! No, Mister Putin, No matter Kremlin spin, We know full well that Ukraine isn't yours! d'Verse poetics: No! Vember At d'Verse, writers were encouraged to either: Take a line from the poem 'November' by Thomas Hood and use it as springboard for… Continue reading Misguided, or: Missiles

Holy war! or: Holy cow!

A 'Septolet' Kadyrov supports Russia's supposed โ€œjihadโ€ against Ukraine. Carlson accuses USA of "jihad" against Russia. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Dam’d if you do, or: You don’t

A 'Septolet' Russian officials claim Ukraine's planning hydroelectric Kakhovka Dam's destruction Moscow intends to scapegoat Kyiv. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Gays, or: Nazis

Serious looks around the circle Stern countenances Zoom in on one particularly humorless brow No alternative- No alternative to victory! Victory! They repeat They repeat Themselves a lot These days are almost flying by With victory after victory after victory But not their victory! They were promised victory! No alternative to victory! The gay Nazis… Continue reading Gays, or: Nazis

Today’s Nazis, or: Today’s Jews

A 'Septolet' Hitler's Nazis murdered Jews. Putin's propagandists declare The West- -today's Nazis; Russians- -today's Jews. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

The challenge of my mother-in-law’s visit

My mother-in-law arrives from Russia tonight; she'll be staying with us for some six weeks. She used to visit us once annually, but we haven't seen her in person for three years due to COVID-19; and, given the unpredictability of Russia's political relationships with other countries, it's not clear that flights between Russia and Israel… Continue reading The challenge of my mother-in-law’s visit

Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?

"Denazify Ukraine"? You've all heard that Putin aims to "denazify" Ukraine, which is absurd on its face, given that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish himself and his grandfather lost three brothers in the Holocaust. However, let's put aside the absurdity of this argument for now. What I'd like to focus on is the other… Continue reading Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?